The USS Farragut was a Constitution-class starship in service in the late 23rd century. She was named in honor of American naval officer David Farragut, first Admiral of the Navy, who commanded Union ships during the American Civil War. Admiral Farragut was famous for his rallying cry, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
History[edit | edit source]
In 2254, Farragut was under the command of Captain Steve Garrovick. Lieutenant James Kirk, a recent graduate of Starfleet Academy, started his first deep space assignment aboard Farragut. (TOS: "Obsession")
Kirk led his first planetary survey mission on Tyree's Planet (aka Neural, Zeta Boötis III) in 2255. He befriended Tyree, leader of the Hill People, a primitive tribe of hunter-gatherers living in huts and caves. The two were ceremonially made brothers.(TOS: "A Private Little War")
In 2257, Farragut encountered a dangerous dikironium cloud creature (or "Vampire Cloud") near Tycho IV. The Vampire Cloud killed 200 members of the Farragut's crew, including Captain Garrovick. Lieutenant Kirk, due to his own hesitation, blamed himself for the deaths (TOS: "Obsession", TOS novel: Debt of Honor; TOS novel: The Ashes of Eden). Farragut returned home for refit and the executive officer, Commander Emilio Alvarez, was promoted to captain and given command of the ship.
- In Orion Press continuity, the encounter with the dikironium cloud creature occurred in 2256. The TOS novel: Debt of Honor does not date the event, but has Art Chenoweth as the exec.
In 2266, Captain Alvarez retired from Starfleet after an incident that left him disabled. Commander John Carter, of the USS Potemkin, was promoted to captain and was assigned as the new commanding officer of the Farragut. (Starship Farragut)
In 2273, the ship was refitted. It went on to serve for another two decades before it was decommissioned. (Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 4: Starships of the Original Series Era)
Command crew[edit | edit source]
- Commanding Officer: John Carter
- Executive Officer/Science Officer: Robert Tacket
- Chief Engineer: Michelle Smithfield
- Security Chief/Tactical Officer: Henry Prescott III
- Communications Officer: Alissa Moretti
- Chief Medical Officer: Christine Holley
Previous commanding officers[edit | edit source]
- Captain Steve Garrovick (Late 2240s - 2257)
- Captain Emilio Alvarez (2257 - 2266)
- Captain John T. Carter (2266 - ?)
Notable personnel[edit | edit source]
- Allen Baker - Navigator (2265-?)
- Nikolai Barstow - (2251-?) (Star Trek: Shadowstar Station)
- Art Chenoweth - executive officer (2250s) (TOS novel: Debt of Honor)
- Androvar Drake - (2250s) (TOS novel: The Ashes of Eden)
- Roy Morris - Helmsman (2266-present)
- Russell Gates - Engineering (2265-present)
- Wayne Galway - Transporter chief / Engineering (2266-?)
- Lawrence H. Styles (2250s) (TOS novel: Prime Directive)
- Brandi Ward - Engineering (2266-2268) (Tamerlane)
Alternate timelines[edit | edit source]
- In this timeline (resulting from the destruction of the Enterprise under the command of Christopher Pike in 2254 by a time traveling Planet Killer), the Farragut was commanded by James T. Kirk following the death of Captain Garrovick. The crew of the Farragut, under Kirk, remained relatively the same as the crew of the Enterprise in the unaltered timeline with very few exceptions (most noticeably, a Klingon First Officer, named Kargh). Through the remainder of the Doomsday War, the ship and crew shared many of the same missions as the crew of the Enterprise in the unaltered history; including the discovery of the Guardian of Forever. (STNV: "In Harm's Way")
|Starships named Farragut|
|USS Farragut (NCC-1647) - USS Farragut (NCC-2582) - USS Farragut (NCC-60597)|
Background information[edit | edit source]
No official registry or class was established for the Farragut during the initial run of the Star Trek television series. During the episode "Obsession", the vessel was simply referred to as a starship; a term that was used throughout the entire series to described the USS Enterprise and other vessels of a similar configuration, which, we would later come to know as the Constitution class. ("The Ultimate Computer", "The Omega Glory", "The Doomsday Machine", "The Tholian Web")
Several publications (most notably Stephen E. Whitfield's “The Making of Star Trek” and Franz Joseph's “Star Fleet Technical Manual”) list Farragut as a Constitution-class heavy cruiser, with the registry NCC-1702. The Technical Manual also listed the vessel as being “lost in the line of duty”. Although there is canon evidence that nearly half the crew were wiped out, there is no canon evidence to support the claim that the vessel itself was lost.
More recent, and official sources, including the official Star Trek web site (startrek.com), and Michael Okuda’s “Star Trek Encyclopedia” and “Star Trek Chronology” confirm that the ship was a Constitution-class vessel; however, they list the ship's registry as NCC-1647. This registry was assigned by Greg Jein, a model maker who worked with Okuda on Star Trek: The Next Generation and the later incarnations of the Star Trek franchise.
It should be noted that since the beginning of “Star Trek : Remastered”, a project which is produced by CBS/Paramount to bring TOS in to the twenty first century with Hi-definition quality video, sound and new, computer generated special effects (CGI), the Jein registries have been consistently used when any other Constitution-class ship has been seen ("The Ultimate Computer", "The Omega Glory", "The Tholian Web"), giving credence to the Jein list as “official” or “canon”, while simultaneously dismissing the registries listed by both Whitfield and Joseph.
Although it is apparent that CBS/Paramount has officially embraced the Jein registries (and in-so doing, the 1647 registry for the Farragut) as canon, it must also be noted that since the USS Farragut was only mentioned in TOS dialogue and was never (and is not likely to be) seen in either an original or remastered episode of the original series, her registry, technically, remains conjectural.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Trek comic books and graphic novels
- Star Trek: Debt of Honor
- Star Trek fan films:
- Star Trek fan comics:
- Tamerlane: "The Champion"